Asymmetric larval competition in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis: a role in sex allocation?

  title={Asymmetric larval competition in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis: a role in sex allocation?},
  author={Edward M. Sykes and Tabitha M. Innocent and Ido Pen and David M. Shuker and Stuart A. West},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Sex allocation theory offers excellent opportunities for testing how animals adjust their behaviour in response to environmental conditions. A major focus has been on instances of local mate competition (LMC), where female-biased broods are produced to maximise mating opportunities for sons. However, the predictions of LMC theory can be altered if there is both local competition for resources during development and an asymmetry between the competitive abilities of the sexes, as has been seen in… CONTINUE READING

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